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Pale Honey announce new single

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Single release: Out now
Label:
Bolero Recordings
More info:
Pale Honey website

“…the cold command of PJ Harvey in Tuva Lodmark’s vocals, guitars that flit between the rough squall of Sonic Youth and the icy composure of The xx”  DIY

“…the band embrace a full spectrum of sound, characterized by a myriad of electric guitars, percussive synthesisers and catchy basslines.” – Dork

“Playful, immediate, and effortlessly cool…translates the memory of 1990's alternative rock into the digital realm for a new generation.” – Aesthetica

“(Devotion‘s) combination of strength and vulnerability makes for an honest and poignant representation of what it means to love another, and what it means to love oneself.” – London In Stereo

Today, Swedish band Pale Honey release their new single 'Set me Free', the first new music from the band since 2017 album 'Devotion'. The single is accompanied with news of their third album, to be released in February 2020 on Bolero Recordings.

Listen to 'Set me Free' via:
Soundcloud / Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon

'Set Me Free' started as a mere sketch in the dawning age of Pale Honey but has since been transformed into "a lead track about freeing yourself from others’ comments and opinions", says Pale Honey drummer, Nelly Daltrey. Musically somewhere in-between light 80’s disco and sad 90’s indie, it balances on a knife edge, perfectly.

A melancholic yet groove-laden track, it can be treated as a liberating experience in itself, songwriter and guitarist Tuva Lodmark explains: “To me, the song symbolizes the emotions following a recent break-up. I was pissed and bitter, and at the same time regretful and sad. There was also an energy in me that was about to explode. I couldn’t be still, couldn’t sit at home, I had to go out and constantly meet new people. Everything had to happen, and it needed to happen all at once. The danceable element of the song represents the stage in a separation where you’re rediscovering yourself. Or simply going out into the night and not getting home until dawn.”

Pale Honey’s third album is, as well as their earlier work, produced by Anders Lagerfors. The journey to release has not been plane sailing, Daltrey reveals, "it’s been tough as hell getting there, to be honest, but no matter what the road has been like, we have to bring it out into the light. We need to be able to write and play while having those doubts and horrible moments."

The artwork for the new singles features illustration by Daltrey and looks to “portray different forms of what Pale Honey is. At the time, I actually just wanted to sit by myself and create something without showing it to anyone. But I feel like the illustrations found their way into the music. They are a tribute to everyone I look up to.

Is 'Set me Free' based on their own experiences? You bet. Did they know from the start this was how raw it would turn out? Hell no. But there is something very special about staring at yourself in the mirror, and confronting your face fully swollen from all the ugly crying. Because you know, through some deep resilience, that you’re gonna be alright in the end, and that in the meantime you can find comfort in dancing yourself free from the pain you've been through. Daltrey says it best: "Sometimes you just need to dance ugly and be held, without having to ’perform’ to be rewarded with love.”

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Download artwork HERE

See Pale Honey Live:
October 26th: Female Future Festival - Hamburg, Germany
October 27th: 086 - Darmstadt, Germany
October 28th: Blue Shell - Köln, Germany
October 30th: Urban Spree - Berlin, Germany
November 7th: Colours Hoxton - London, UK
November 9th: Heartbreakers - Southampton, UK
November 16th: Queen Elizabeth Stadium - Hong Kong, China

Find Pale Honey Online: palehoney.com | Instagram | Facebook

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Craig Finn shares new single

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Single release: Out now
Label:
Partisan Records
More info:
Craig Finn website

Craig Finn will celebrate his upcoming European and U.S. tour with the release of “It’s Never Been A Fair Fight,” available now on Partisan Records along with an acoustic version of the song as its B-side. A powerful live performance video of “It’s Never Been A Fair Fight” filmed earlier this year at a special concert performance at Brooklyn, NY’s Murmrr Theatre can be seen online. Finn has also announced a one-off instore at London's Rough Trade East on October 18th. This event is free entry, with the option to pre-order an album and ticket, ready and waiting to collect on the day.

LISTEN TO “IT’S NEVER BEEN A FAIR FIGHT”

WATCH “IT’S NEVER BEEN A FAIR FIGHT (LIVE AT THE MURMRR THEATRE)”

“It’s Never Been A Fair Fight” precedes a range of upcoming live dates surrounding Finn’s acclaimed new solo album, I Need A New War. The tour – which sees Finn backed by his touring band, The Uptown Controllers – begins October 11th at Exchange in Bristol, England and reaches the U.S. November 1st at Austin, TX’s Cactus Cafe Presents at the Texas Union Theater.

“‘It’s Never Been A Fair Fight’ is about the extreme difficulty of staying true to the rigid rules of a subculture as you get older,” says Finn. “The character in the song revisits an old peer and finds struggle and disappointment in the place he left behind. I’ve always really loved this song, and people seemed to connect with it on my acoustic tour with Brian Fallon. Excited to be sharing the full band version with the world.”

The dates in the U.K. and Europe are the first to feature The Uptown Controllers overseas and will see Finn play his first headline shows in Beligum, Netherlands and Germany. Laura Stevenson will be special guest on all of the U.K. and Europe shows.

On touring, Finn says, “I’m beyond thrilled to be bringing the Uptown Controllers to the UK and Europe for the first time. The band has developed into something very musically exciting, and is able to do much justice to the material on I Need A New War and the prior two solo releases. The Uptown Controllers are loose, lush, elegant and fun. We will be joined in the UK by our friend Laura Stevenson, who has been known to join us on stage. These shows will be very special. Following the UK/Europe we will be touring Texas and West Coast USA for the first time with this band lineup. We are greatly looking forward to all of it.”

For complete details, please visit craigfinn.net/tour.

CRAIG FINN & THE UPTOWN CONTROLLERS
TOUR 2019

OCTOBER
11 - Bristol, England – Exchange *
12 - Nottingham, England – Bodega *
13 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut *
15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club *
16 - Manchester, England - Deaf Institute *
17 - London, England - Olso20 October *
18 - London, England - Rough Trade East (live + signing)
19 - Liverpool, England - Phase One *
20 - Dublin, Ireland - Sugar Club *
22 - Antewerp, Belgium – Trix *
23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso *
24 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow Skybar *
25 - Berlin, Germany – Privitaclub *

NOVEMBER
1 - Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe Presents at the Texas Union Theater **
2 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada **
5 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar **
7 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater **
8 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall **
9 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel **
12 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR **
13 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door **

* w/Special Guest Laura Stevenson
** w/Special Guest Cassandra Jenkins

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I Need A New War is available now on Partisan Records. The third album in a trilogy (following 2015’s Faith in the Future and 2017’s We All Want The Same Things), I Need A New War once again sees Finn expertly chronicling our complex, often confusing, modern era. He draws deeply felt character studies about regular people trying to respond to extraordinary times, attempting to find connection whilst wondering how to keep pace with a world moving faster than they are. The LP further finds Finn focusing his lens on New York City - his home for the last 18 years.

Finn celebrated the release of I Need A New War with a pair of high profile TV appearances, including NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and a three-song performance and in-depth chat with Anthony Mason on CBS This Morning Saturday.

Finn further marked I Need A New War by plotting geographic references from his entire solo discography onto a map interface. Fans are able to browse the pins to learn more about the lyrical landmarks in his songs, complete with additional analyses from Finn himself and a Geo Game to play for exclusive merchandise.

Recorded throughout 2018 at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, both of whom teamed with Finn on his widely acclaimed previous solo releases, I Need A New Warfeatures musical contributions from many of his regular solo collaborators, including Kaufman, horn master Stuart Bogie, vocalists Annie Nero and Cassandra Jenkins, and drummer extraordinaire Joe Russo.

I Need A New War was greeted with unanimous critical applause from media outlets around the world:

“In their vivid specificity, and even repetition, Finn’s stories channels truths that are timeless and universal. This trilogy shows he’s doing more than moonlighting from his main gig, along with a body of elliptical tales that deserve a fuller telling” – Rolling Stone (****)

“Finn has already built a sturdy legacy, but his solo records yield their own durable pleasures: I Need A New War shines like a beacon of light in a dark time.” – Pitchfork (8.0)

“Finn, the most human of story tellers, has created a record and a world within which you will never feel ashamed or alone.” – Line of Best Fit (9/10)

“There’s a fatigue that can come with fandom for a long-running band, but there’s also a sense of fulfillment in watching an enduring artist continue to find meaning all these years in. At this stage of his career, Finn’s become a reliable fixture, and repeat listenings through his discography are rewarded. This latest entry is further proof of his consistency and longevity.” – NPR

Find Craig Finn online: CRAIGFINN.NET | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | PARTISANRECORDS.COM

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Catholic Action share new single

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Single release: Out now
Label:
Modern Sky Records
More info:
Catholic Action website

The SAY Award-nominated Glasgow quartet Catholic Action will return with their sophomore album Celebrated by Strangers in March 2020. Lead single One Of Us was given its debut last night on John Kennedy's X-Posure show on Radio X, marking the first new music from the band in almost two years.

Listen to One Of Us on SoundCloud HERE
Listen to One Of Us on Spotify HERE

One Of Us packs a fuzzed-out stomp alongside masterfully giddy melodies that sees lead singer and guitarist Chris McCrory recount “the welfare son of a welfare son”, taking aim at the billionaire-owned media and their Bullingdon Club ilk who shirk responsibility for sowing the division we see in the UK.

It sets the tone for a record that asks both searching questions of the self, while pointing the finger at inaction in the wider world. Through a procession of skittish, off-kilter riffs and squawking saxophones, Celebrated by Strangers doesn’t just call for action, it demands it. Fizzing with invention, accusation, self-belief and creativity, it never stutters under the weight of its own message.

The album was produced by lead singer and guitarist Chris McCrory (SPINN, Walt Disco) at Hermitage Works in London and at Shady Lane Studio in Erskine, and mixed by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Cabbage, The Coral) at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. McCrory explains further:

One of Us was written as a direct response to what I see happening in the UK – a country ravaged by poverty and a disintegrating social fabric of increasingly isolated and intoxicated people. A neglected group spun in circles by an uncaring billionaire-owned media, (mis)led into pointing the finger at one another as opposed to those truly responsible for this situation. A depressing but common problem in 2019…sound familiar?

This song is a comment on the aggressive divide and conquer politics that has kept this status quo of radical inequality in the UK firmly in place.

Keep the people divided, drugged and distracted. Racism, sectarianism, vodka, sexism, PornHub, classism, Remain or Leave, heroin, Netflix…Whatever works – just don’t let them rise above their station.

I believe people are good hearted at their core but are embittered and led astray by what they’re fed – what they’re seeing, hearing and being told. As long as we stay divided, nothing will ever change. So it’s pretty simple. If people want to shift the status quo they need to organise, come together and fight for equality – a way of life that’s positive, progressive and inclusive. We’re all human (apparently) after all.

So, are you one of them, or one of us?

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Download hi-res album artwork HERE

Celebrated By Strangers track listing

1. Grange Hell (South London In D)
2. Witness
3. I’m No Artist
4. One Of Us
5. Yr Old Dad
6. And It Shows
7. People Don’t Protest Enough
8. Another Name For Loneliness
9. Sign Here
10. There Will Always Be A Light
11. Four Guitars (For Scottish Independence)


Find Catholic Action online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify 
Find Modern Sky Records online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify

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Bambara share new single

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Single release: Out now
Label:
Wharf Cat Records
More info:
Bambara’s Facebook Page

Bambara's post-punk has always had a sleek sort of menace to it, a taut rhythm section wrapped in psychedelic noise. It's mesmerizing to listen to, and seeing the band live is an experience wrought from sharp curves and frontman Reid Bateh's rapturous baritone.
NPR

There's no end to the malevolence, from early Swans' back-basement seething to the dark triumphalism of stadium-goth, but-- Georgia boys that [they] are-- there's a thick streak of black-of-night country swirling around in the tempest, too.
Pitchfork

Bambara write chaotic songs held together with formless washes of noise and anxious vocal drones, crafting pallid but vibrant pieces that thrashed with...mutant energy.
VICE

Shadow On Everything is one of the year’s most gripping listens.
Bandcamp

Bambara hail from Athens, Georgia, famously home to REM and The B-52’s, but what they do is far noisier, angrier, scarier. They sound like a band always on the lookout for something bigger
The Quietus

Founded in Athens, Georgia by twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh, and bassist William Brookshire, Bambara are now based in Brooklyn, NYC and have been steadily attracting attention since the release of their 2013 debut.

Earning praise from places like Pitchfork, NPRVICEBandcamp, SpinDIYBrooklyn Vegan and The Quietus, and touring non-stop in the US and Europe with like-minded artists like IDLESMETZGirl Band and Daughters, the band released their most celebrated album to date in 2018 with Shadow On Everything, a release that NPR dubbed a "mesmerizing western, gothic opus." Today, Bambara are announcing their follow up Stray (due out via Wharf Cat on February 14th, 2020 - pre-order HERE), with the premiere of the album's first single "Serafina" on the FADER and first play on 6 Music with Steve Lamacq (listen back HERE).  

WATCH: Bambara's "Serafina" lyric video on
The FADER // YouTube

A thunderous squall of a song, "Serafina" provides an arresting introduction to the album. Channeling the anarchic energy of The Birthday Party and The Gun Club, in combination with Reid Blateh's dramatic lyrical style the track imbues the story of a pair suburban misfits with apocalyptic weight. Bambara's rhythm section rattles and bursts behind a frantic descending guitar lead as Reid, in a fraying baritone, weaves a tale set in his home state of Georgia that acknowledges the history of the place with subtle Civil War allusions, while conjuring an immediate atmosphere of backwoods unease. As Reid tells to FADER, it's a song built to communicate an unhinged energy. 

"Stray is a death-obsessed album," says Reid. "Most of the songs are about different characters’ futile attempts at living meaningful lives under the weight of imminent annihilation. I wanted "Serafina" to feel different. I wanted the song to radiate a sort of wild-eyed hope. A youthful disregard for death itself. Serafina and Sadie live exactly how they want to live, exploring their love for one another before a backdrop of flames. The knowledge of their own mortality takes nothing from their enthusiasm for life. If anything, they see it as a challenge they might one day overcome together. When they say, “We’ll never die” I want it to feel like they might actually have a shot."

Bambara are embarking on a UK tour that begins in Bristol at the Simple Things Festival on October 19th. Additionally, they are today announcing a Brooklyn show at St. Vitus on November 8th and a full US tour in support of the album to take place in 2020. Full details can be found below. 

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One thing you won’t be able to avoid on Bambara’s Stray is death. It’s everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified. Death, however, won’t be the first thing that strikes you about the group’s fourth album. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times – as on stand out tracks like “Sing Me To The Street” and “Serafina” – simply overwhelming

The album began when the band locked themselves in their windowless Brooklyn basement to write. Despite the success of their preceding full length, Shadow On Everything, Decisions were made early on to experiment with new instrumentation and song structures, even if the resulting compositions would force the band to adapt their storied live set, known for its tenacity and technical prowess. Throughout the songwriting process, the band pulled from their deep well of creative references, drawing on the likes of Leonard Cohen, Ennio Morricone, Sade, classic French noir L’Ascenseur Pour L’Echafraud, as well as Southern Gothic stalwarts Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews.

Once the building blocks were set in place, they met with producer Drew Vandenberg, who mixed Shadow On Everything, in Athens, GA to record the foundation of Stray. After recruiting friends Adam Markiewicz (The Dreebs) on violin, Sean Smith (Klavenauts) on trumpet and a crucial blend of backing vocals by Drew Citron (Public Practice) and Anina Ivry-Block (Palberta) Bambara convened in a remote cabin in rural Georgia, where Reid laid down his vocals.

The finished product represents both the band's most experimental and accessible work to date. The addition of Citron and Ivory-Block’s vocals create a hauntingly beautiful contrast to Bateh’s commanding baritone on tracks like “Sing Me to the Street”, “Death Croons” and “Stay Cruel," while the Dick Dale inspired guitar riffs on “Serafina” and "Heat Lightning" and the call-and-response choruses throughout the album showcase Bambara’s ability to write songs that immediately demand repeat listens.

While the music itself is evocative and propulsive, a fever dream all of its own, the lyrical content pushes the record even further into its own darkly thrilling realm. If the songs on Shadow On Everything were like chapters in a novel, then this time they’re short stories. Short stories connected by death and its effect on the characters in contact with it. 

But it would be wrong to characterize Stray as simply the sound of the graveyard. Light frequently streams through and, whether refracted through the love and longing found on songs like “Made for Me” or the fantastical nihilism on display in tracks like the anthemic “Serafina,” reveals this album to be the monumental step forward that it is. Here Bambara sound like they’ve locked into what they were always destined to achieve, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying.

Stray will be released on Wharf Cat Records on February 14th, 2020.

It is available for pre-order here.

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Tracklist

1. Miracle
2. Heat Lightning
3. Sing Me To The Street
4. Serafina
5. Death Croons
6. Stay Cruel
7. Ben & Lily
8. Made For Me
9. Sweat
10. Machete

Tour Dates

10/19/2019 - Simple Things Fest - Bristol, UK    
10/20/2019 - SWN Fest - Cardiff, UK    
10/22/2019 - Soup Kitchen - Manchester, UK   
10/23/2019 - Hyde Park Book Club - Leeds, UK 
10/25/2019 - Record Junkie - Sheffield, UK    
10/26/2019 - The Poetry Club - Glasgow, UK    
10/28/2019 - Green Door Store - Brighton, UK    
10/29/2019 - Sebright Arms - London, UK    
11/8/2019 - St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY    
2/19/2020 - Union Stage - Washington, DC    
2/20/2020 - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA   
2/22/2020 - Great Scott - Boston, MA  
2/24/2020 - Bar Le Ritz - Montreal, QC    
2/25/2020 - The Garrison - Toronto, ON   
2/26/2020 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH    
2/27/2020 - PJ's Lager House - Detroit, MI    
2/28/2020 - Sleeping Village - Chicago, IL   
2/29/2020 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN   
3/3/2020 - The Sunset - Seattle, WA   
3/4/2020 - Fox Cabaret - Vancouver, BC   
3/5/2020 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR   
3/6/2020 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA  
3/7/2020  - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA    
3/9/2020  - The Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ    
3/10/2020 - Lowbrow Palace - El Paso, TX    
3/11/2020 - Barracuda - Austin, TX   
3/12/2020 - Ruins - Dallas, TX    
3/13/2020 - Hi Tone (Small Room) - Memphis, TN    
3/14/2020 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN    
3/15/2020 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA   
3/17/2020 - Cat's Cradle Back Room - Carrboro, NC    

Press pic (Kevin Condon) Album art

Find Bambara online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp

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FUR announce new single

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After the success of their debut EP released earlier this year, FUR returned in July with single "Nothing (Until Something Else Comes Along)". Today, the band have released a brand new single "Trouble Always Finds Me" that is accompanied with a lyric video by Raissa Pardini. A perfectly formed pop song with the signature FUR sound of nostalgic teen-angst delivered with a knowing smile, the band package it all into two and a half minutes.

FUR guitarist, Josh Bowes, has explained the deeper concept behind it, "Trouble is about being a calamity. It’s dancing with accepting that you have a problem without having to address it. Lyrically, it’s tongue in cheek with its obscure Chas and Dave reference as a response to the way the industry can glamorize self destruction and place people in the spotlight who are in a dark place."

FUR are currently on their biggest headline tour to date, the UK run of which culminates in a show at London's Scala on September 25th.

Their self-titled EP was released earlier in the year on Nice Swan Records (Pip Blom, Sports Team, Sweaty Palms) and was described by DIY as "a pure, twinkle-eyed joy from start to finish." You can purchase the band’s EP on 12” vinyl direct from the label HERE.

Full 2019 Tour Dates below:
21st Sept - Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
22nd Sept - Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
24th Sept - Bristol, Exchange
25th Sept - London, The Scala
3rd Nov - Gudfest, Jakarta
9th Nov - Tropicalia Festivzl, Long Beach
11th Nov - Gold Diggers, Los Angeles
13th Nov - Babys All Right, NYC
17th Nov - Very Festival, Bangkok

More information on FUR:

In the modern world of streaming-dominated music consumption, there are a few standard ways that artists tend to rack up the numbers. They’re either signed to a major label, who have the leverage and cash to get them all up in people’s eye-lines, they’ve managed to nab a lucrative top spot on a New Music Friday playlist, or they’ve made friends with Hugh Jackman and wound up on the still omnipotent soundtrack for 'The Greatest Showman'. Rare, however, is the track that climbs into seven-figure streams just by virtue of being very good. And even rarer still is the occasion when that happens to a virtually unknown indie band.

‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’, the jangling, sepia-tinged and '60s-inflected bop released by Brighton quartet FUR in the autumn of 2017, however, is currently sitting at over 7.5 million YouTube views.

It’s had no car commercial sync deals and no celebrity endorsement, and its aesthetically-pleasing, Wes Anderson-esque video literally cost “about £100 to make” - likely giving the track the most cost-effective money: stream ratio on the entire platform. “It 100% changed everything,” says singer Murray of the impact of the early track. “It's not just people saying 'cool video' and sharing it; a lot of these people are buying our records and merch and have adopted us as their new favourite band.”

He's not exaggerating, either. In the time since the release of the single, the band have traveled Europe, have imminent plans for their first US trip and, recently, headlined a 5,000-capacity event in Jakarta, Indonesia. “It was just a bit nuts; when we walked on it was quite overwhelming, but then we said just to treat it like any other show,” Murray recalls. “After the show, we were getting swamped by people. The reception was incredible,” continues bassist Tav. “If they like a band out there, [fans] give their whole life to it. It’s on a whole other level.”

Formed just over four years ago in the seaside town that the band - completed by drummer Flynn and new guitarist Josh - still call home, FUR might not have expected this rapid ascent, but their ambition and determination has been there ever since Day One, when Murray decided to hunt out university flatmates based purely on their ability to play an instrument.

Once he'd found the others, they began to pen tracks based equally in the ‘00s indie they’d grown up with and an increasing rekindled interest in the older music they’d always known from home. "It started off [influenced] by The Strokes and The Cribs, who are another band we all really adore. But as we kept on writing, I found myself really enjoying and being really good at tapping into that [other] place,” explains Murray. "So then it was a case of getting that balance where it doesn't sound like a band from the ‘60s, it sounds like if a '60s band were doing something modern.”

Following that first hit up with a string of singles and this year's debut self-titled EP, what FUR have specialised in to date is this ability to mix the old and the new, to take a particularly nostalgic strain of lovelorn guitar music but make it sound fresh again. Now, with Josh joining Murray at the writing desk, there's an even more potent balance going on at the band's core. “Josh has more of a guitar-driven viewpoint and it’s not changed us, but there’s a new energy in the band; we’re really excited because it’s like a new side of us is coming out,” enthuses the singer. “There was one week of madness, a few months ago, when me and Josh were in Brighton and we pretty much stayed up for three days just recording and writing. We recorded tens of tracks, and it was just [compulsive]. I'd look up and be like, 'Oh, 18 hours have gone by'. That was the first point that we'd done that together and it felt really good.”

The first output to feature the current line-up is set to come in the form of next single 'Nothing Until Something'. “It's a step in the direction that some of the newer stuff lies, the perfect in between point of what we have done and what's to come,” explains Murray. Immediately recognisable as FUR, but with a greater sense of directness and immediacy, you can see the bridge being created; thematically, meanwhile, it also sees the singer speaking more candidly than ever. ”It was written while I was at the end of a relationship that I didn't really want to be in anymore but I didn't know how to tackle it; going back and forth to London, drinking wine on the train,” he says. “I normally like writing songs that have a slightly wider angle, but I think this one has a more directly biographical feel.”

Garnering acclaim from the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY and So Young, alongside their notable worldly travels (the quartet are set to return to Asia later this year to play on a bill with Billie Eilish, Noel Gallagher and more), next on the agenda for the band is to crack the crowds on their home turf. “FUR here and FUR in Indonesia are like different bands. I find it quite humbling coming home and not being at that stage. You come back and say, alright, well how do we try and get that over here?” says Murray. “I quite like the fact that it makes you hungry and aware of the potential. It makes you work harder.”

Case in point: the band's forthcoming September tour, which will see them play their biggest UK headline shows to date, including a stop off at London's Scala. “When we did the show at Omeara on Valentine's Day, we got heart-shaped balloons and decorations, and people really said how memorable it was, so we want to do something special like that again,” enthuses the singer. “I think people often don't make the effort to make a gig more than just going to watch a band, whereas I want it to be an experience.”

With a solid new line-up, a wealth of new material and an ever-increasing group of supporters on board to experience it with them, FUR are charging through 2019 with impressive momentum. "When we all think back to where it started with ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’, doing it on such a shoestring and seeing where we’ve got to now from that, it’s mad,” sums up Murray.

You sense it’s still probably just the beginning...

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Spielbergs announce new single

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"It's a bracing (re)introduction to a band that match joy and intensity in equal measures."

The FADER on "Running All The Way Home"

Download hi-res image HERE

Running All The Way Home marks Spielbergs’ first new music since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album This Is Not The End, earlier this year. Released on the back of a packed-out spring UK tour, UK festival appearances and a recent tour support to Foxing – Running All The Way Home is Spielbergs at their triumphant best, condensing the mood of an entire world into a four-minute, adrenaline-shot thrill-ride.

Listen to Running All The Way Home HERE

The single also heralds the imminent arrival of the Running All The Way Home EP. The EP houses a handful of new songs (Running All The Way HomeOh No and Fake A Reaction) as well as unreleased material from the album recording sessions, including the expansive and thoughtful electronic soundscapes of The Sum, and the ferocious and guttural This Is Not The Endwhich inspired the title of their debut album and now find its release as part of the EP.

Pre-order EP HERE

The EP will be released on limited CD, digital and a limited clear-blue vinyl - the vinyl containing three additional bonus tracks, Daisy! It's The New MeGhost Boy & Setting Sun, all taken from their breakthrough debut EP and all previously unavailable on vinyl.

Running All The Way Home EP tracklist (digital / limited CD):

1. Running All The Way Home
2. This Is Not The End
3. Oh No
4. The Sum
5. Fake A Reaction

Running All The Way Home EP tracklist (LP):

 1. Running All The Way Home
2. This Is Not The End
3. Oh No
4. The Sum
5. Fake A Reaction
6. Ghost Boy 
7. Daisy! It's The New Me
8. Setting Sun

Pre-order the EP HERE

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Lead singer and guitarist Mads Baklien notes on the new single; “Running All The Way Home is a song about regret. You can’t undo what you’ve done. You can apologise to the people you’ve hurt all you want, you can promise to do better in the future, but it will not fix things. You will just have to wait it out and see what happens.”

With a whole host of live shows in the calendar for the remainder of 2019, drummer Christian Lovhaug comments; "We are full of energy after the run of gigs we have had in the first half of 2019. With all the new countries and festivals we’ve visited this summer we are certain that these Autumn dates will be the best yet. We've our biggest ever headline tour in the UK, before we return home to Oslo and BLÅ for the same there. With shows to come in the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France - and our first German tour in December. The second half of 2019 is looking really exciting." 


Upcoming live dates:

Sept 06 - Granittrock, Oslo, Norway
Sept 18 - Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle, UK
Sept 19 - The Poetry Club, Glasgow, UK
Sept 21 - The Flapper, Birmingham, UK
Sept 22 - Yes (Basement), Manchester, UK
Sept 23 - Picture House Social, Sheffield, UK
Sept 24 - Oporto, Leeds, UK
Sept 26 - Louisiana, Bristol, UK
Sept 27 - Underworld, London, UK (supp. Mallory Knox)
Sept 28 - Big Scary Monsters Big Day Out, Paper Dress Vintage, London, UK
Sept 29 - Black Star, Paris, France
Oct 26 - BLÅ, Oslo, Norway
Nov 07 - Blå Båten, Malmø , Sweden
Nov 08 - Stengade, København, Denmark
Nov 30 - Hamburg and Booze Cruice, Germany
Dec 02 - The TUBE, Düsseldorf, Germany
Dec 03 - LUX – Concerts, Hanover, Germany
Dec 05 - Kreativfabrik Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
Dec 06 - Backstage München, Munich, Germany
Dec 07 - Cassiopeia Berlin, Friedrichshain, Berlin


Further praise for Spielbergs:

“Big, heart-on-sleeve guitar-rock with a go-for-broke anthemic intensity.” - Stereogum

“Physical intensity, gooey emotions, and devotionals that are joyous.” - Pitchfork

“They’ve perhaps made the best debut of 2019 so far.” – NME

"one of the year's most triumphant rock albums." - The FADER

“Joyfully ragged, emo-esque, power-pop songs.” - The Guardian

“Fizzing with energy and seemingly perpetually on the brink of collapsing into thrilling chaos.” – Q

“An amazing band” – Dan P Carter, Radio 1

“Fans of fuzzy, propulsive cathartic jams, are about to have a new favourite band.” – Kerrang!

“Pummelling yet melodic guitars batter you round the heart with nary a pause for breath. “ - DIY

“[This Is Not The End] is a gem of an album.” – The Line of Best Fit Album of The Week

“A roller coaster ride of rollicking riffs, descending and ascending with a luminous fury and friskiness, before delivering us back home again safe and sound, but breathless.” - The 405

“Tunes so pummelling you’ll need a sit down and a nice cup of tea afterwards.” - Dork

“Guitars drill down at all angles, while the pummeling percussion sounds like a cement mixer trying to chew up a steel beam.” - CLASH

“It offers the kind of swaggering, punch-drunk escapism we used to spend all our time wishing for in our teenage years, while making it feel utterly achievable even now we’re much older and far more cynical.” – Gold Flake Paint

“One of the most exciting bands of the year.” – The i Paper

10/10 - Powerplay

“Spielbergs sound is a sort of widescreen Superchunk, wrestling glassy, reverberating tones, into surprising forms.” - Total Guitar

“A thrilling experience of riotous anthems, driven by high-octane energy.” - Louder Than War

“True raiders of the lost grunge art.” - Classic Rock

“Spielbergs’ craftsmanship is something very special.” - Upset

“Anthemic songs that assert both urgency and aptitude” – Alt Press

More about Spielbergs 

Beating an intense, heavy path in the mould of Japandroids, Dinosaur Jr., Trail of Dead, Titus Andronicus and No Age, their ability to marry the soaring and uplifting with the dark and gloomy – forever bound by their strong sense of melody - has become something of a calling-card for the band, as have their knock-out live shows.

Spielbergs are: 

Mads Baklien (guitar, vocals, synth)
Stian Brennskag (bass)
Christian Løvhaug (drums)

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LIFE share new single

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“tightly wound guitars and lyrical zingers combine for maximum '80s Peel session effect”
 
– MOJO 

“Brilliant”
 – The Guardian

“LIFE combine inescapable energy with unshakeable hooks”
 – Dork

“Whether they’re rallying against the establishment or helping us escape, LIFE’s debut provides comfort and support for us all”
 – DIY

“Equal parts menace and mosh-pit friendly bounce”
 – Metro

‘LIFE are everything you could possibly want from an artist – they are politically astute, angry, intelligent, gritty and air-punchingly brilliant”
 – God Is In The TV
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Following the announcement of their highly anticipated second album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’, a recent A-listing on BBC 6 Music for ‘Hollow Thing’ and a blistering BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session for Jack Saunders, Hull outfit LIFE have now shared a new single from their forthcoming album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’ entitled ‘Bum Hour’

HEAR/SHARE ‘BUM HOUR’ HERE

Speaking about the new single frontman Mez Green said the following: 

“Bum Hour is the isolation when you shut your door. Bum Hour is about not being at ease on your own. Bum Hour is ‘that’ pattern and routine broken. It’s the need to live again in that moment as you watch the bars buzz from your lone-parent window. Your only comfort, your saviour, your little boy in his bedroom. You find yourself scrolling through your phone an act of self-harm and torture. Your mates are out - you lie down and sleep.”

‘Bum Hour’ is the third single to be taken from LIFE’s new album (full track list below). Produced by Luke Smith (Foals) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts), the band home in on a bigger and more focused sound whilst also channelling the lyrical content inwards. Whereas the band’s debut album ‘Popular Music’ was broadly political, the new album takes a more personal approach with beguilingly honest and brave lyrics that are bold in both sound and feeling, whilst also retaining the core DNA of their previous material.

Going on to speak about the album Mez says “A Picture of Good Health is not a collage of work but rather a snapshot of time; our time and the time of those around us. It’s political, but in a personal way. It’s a body of work that explores and examines the band's inner-selves through a precise period; a period that has brought pain, loneliness, blood, guts, single parenthood, depression and the need for survival and love. It is the sense and need for belonging that is the resounding end note!”

Alongside the new single the band have also recently announced a series of EU/UK headline tour dates, including four UK instore events, two new Irish dates and one new Northern Irish date for December. The band recently embarked on a sold out two-week European tour as main support for IDLES as well as playing one of three sold-out London shows at the Electric Ballroom and have played packed out sets at various festivals throughout the year including: Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Pukkelpop, Best Kept Secret, Rock For People, Pahoda, Latitude and more. They will play the following dates:

Sun 1, September - Wilkestock Festival, Frogmore Hill UK
Fri 20, September – Warren Records, Hull UK
Mon 23, September – Rough Trade, Bristol UK
Tue 24, September – Rough Trade, Nottingham UK
Thurs 26, September – Rough Trade East, London UK
Sun 29, September - MTC, Cologne DE
Mon 30, September - Molotow, Hamburg DE
Sat 5, October - Musik & Frieden, Berlin DE
Sun 6, October - Hydrozagadka, Warsaw PL
Mon 7, October - Famu, Prague CZ 
Tues 8, October - Kranhallen, Munich DE
Thurs 10, October - Dynamo Werk 21, Zurich CH
Sat 12, October - Freakout, Bologna IT 
Tues 15, October - Costello Club, Madrid ES
Wed 16, October - Sidecar, Barcelona ES
Thurs 17, October - L’Espace, Paris FR 
Sun 20, October - Cinetol, Amsterdam
Mon 21, October - Kavka, Antwerp BE
Thurs 24, October - Phase One, Liverpool UK
Sat 26, October - Bootleg Social, Blackpool UK
Sun 27, October - YES, Manchester UK
Mon 28, October - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds UK
Tues 29, October - Fulford Arms, York UK
Wed 30, October - King Tuts, Glasgow UK
Fri 1, November - Tunnels, Aberdeen UK
Sat 2, November - Think Tank, Newcastle UK
Mon 4, November - Sugarmill,  Stoke UK
Tues 5, November - Cookie, Leicester UK
Wed 6, November - Moth Club, London UK
Thurs 7, November - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff UK
Fri 8, November - West End Centre, Aldershot UK
Sun 10, November - Anvil, Bournemouth, UK
Mon 11, November - Green Door Store, Brighton UK 
Tues 12, November - Joiners, Southampton UK
Wed 13, November - Forum, Tunbridge Wells UK
Thurs 14, November - Horn, St Albans UK
Fri 15, November - Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes UK 
Weds 4, December – Academy 2, Dublin IRE
Thurs 5, December – McHughs Basement, Belfast UK
Fri 6, December – Kasbah Club, Limerick UK

Tickets are on sale now from https://www.lifeband.co.uk/

‘A Picture Of Good Health’ is due out 20th September 2019 via band's own label 'Afghan Moon' and also sees them partner for the first time with [PIAS]

Pre-order the album HERE

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“The new album is more personal, about mental health and inner turmoil. I think all of us had a breakdown at some point while making it” – Mez, Life.

Hull’s post-punk absurdist polemics LIFE made quite an impact with their DIY debut album. 2017’s Popular Music was championed by BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and won firm fans (and friends) in fellow post-punkers Idles. Most unexpectedly, Popular Music even ended up in BBC Radio 1 Albums Of The Year list, where Life’s gnarly, Humberside riffs and scattergun wordplay kept unlikely – but deserved - company with the likes of Jay-Z, Skepta, the xx and Wolf Alice. Two years on, their eagerly awaited, dryly-titled second album, A Picture Of Good Health, ups the ante musically and lyrically. 

Popular Music - recorded one or two tracks at a time, over a long period – was a musical collage that documented their development and emergence. By contrast, A Picture Of Good Health is the product of an intense four week recording period in Tottenham, North London. Producers Luke Smith (Foals) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts) and new bass player Lydia have helped craft a sound that's more robust and musically broader, but which hasn’t lost any of the quartet’s trademark fire and wallop. Lyrically, the first album took a sideways glance at the modern world, where lyrics about 2-for-1 supermarket deals, Donald Trump, the impact of American right to bear arms, Brexit and UK austerity policies blazed forward in a hailstorm of firecracker imagery comparable to Mark E. Smith’s The Fall. This time, their subject matter is more inward, as brothers and lyricists Mez (vocals) and Mick (guitars) have examined their own emotions, experiences and motivations. 

“The first album was quite political and talked about young people, including ourselves, having problems living and surviving,” explains Mez. “On the second album we take the spotlight away from the wider community and bring it on us. It’s a broader sound, more angular, more precise. We both share the lyrics but this album very much reflects what was going on in my life – I was coming out of a long term relationship, becoming a single dad. I wanted to express and write about the turmoil I was going through. I think it’s quite brave, in terms of politics and community. There are songs about single fatherhood and mental health. Do people sing about that stuff? I’m not sure they do.”

Indeed, sessions for the album proved so intense – with the pressure for a superior follow-up piling on from the band themselves, rather than a record company or external forces - that Mez reveals that each of the band members had a breakdown of one sort or another during recording. “At one point, Lydia was trying to nail a bassline and the producer kept playing the lyric “Stop hating yourself” over and over again. The song was about inner turmoil and mental health. Lydia smashed the bassline and just ran out of the room in tears, screaming.”

Although LIFE have become firm friends with kindred spirits Idles since meeting in a hotel foyer, there isn’t another band quite like them. They’re the first four-piece guitar band from Hull to make a big splash since the halcyon days of the Housemartins way back in the 1980s. More unusually, their music reflects the community and spirit of their experiences working in the city’s Warren youth project, a rare haven for vulnerable people aged under 25, which also functions as a drop-in advice centre, youth club, educational resource, food bank, music centre and record label.

“We’re very community based and try to comment on everything around us,” explains Mez. “Three members of the band work or have worked in the Warren youth project. Young people can come in – we’ve got free counselling, sexual health, drug advice and a massive LGBT community. Nobody sits in corners. Everybody mingles. Youth culture has been squeezed financially and otherwise for years, but the Warren is a special place where you can literally see a community of people helping each other.”

The band’s DIY ethos came partly out of necessity – and reflects their geographical location in Hull, a geographically isolated, coastal city which resident poet Philip Larkin once said was “a city in the world yet sufficiently on the edge of it to have a different resonance”, and where things happen because people have to make them happen.

“In Hull you’ve got to do it yourself,” agrees Mez. “It’s a place with one way in and one way out. Getting here is a nightmare, but we’ve a long tradition of doing our own thing. Hull literally told the King to fuck off, they wouldn’t let him in! But lately people have started to look outwards rather than inwards.” Indeed, becoming the City Of Culture has coincided with an explosion of Hull music, from LIFE to the burgeoning grime scene (whose leading light, Chiedu Oraka appears on the B-side of single Grown Up). “The City Of Culture has been massive for Hull. It shone a light on the community and the artists and the repercussions have been nothing but positive.”

LIFE have come a long way themselves, since the days when, growing up with a “very liberal” upbringing, Mez and Mick’s Dad used to drop them off at school in a battered old Nissan Bluebird with a different coloured door, blaring the Clash (a significant influence, alongside The Fall). The brothers shared a stage with Mark E. Smith’s legendary band in their first musical incarnation, The Neat, achieving the special honour of being insulted by the frontman. They recorded for Kaiser Chiefs’ Simon Rix and Nick Hodgson’s label, Chewing Gum, and it's during this period that they first attracted the attention of Steve Lamacq. 

The Neat imploded as young bands often do – “We were young and taking drugs” – explains Mez – but since starting LIFE the brothers wanted to “take control of the sound, make it bigger and take ownership of it”. PRS funding helped them record a stream of killer singles, which were collected for inclusion on Popular Music, which Mick compares to “one of those classic singles collections which came out in the 70s”. Since then, LIFE have toured in Europe and America, appeared with kindred spirits IDLES, Slaves and Nadine Shah, and made their Glastonbury debut this year. Every gig is played like it was their last, “whether it’s a back room in a pub or a 2000-seater,” as Mez puts it. “We get young people and their dads, who’ll say things like, ‘It was the best show I’ve seen since the Clash in 1979’.” 

Their new songs reflect this hurtling trajectory and the band’s growing maturity and insights. The twangy, riff-laden Half Pint Fatherhood (“let’s build a home, I built a home”) articulates a common experience of a single, lonely parent going through the pain of shared access. Similarly, Bum Hour describes the experience of relocating from a family home into a small flat, as lines such as “All my mates are out of town, this is the bum hour calling”, reflect the feeling of staring at four walls and an empty room. Another common theme is unattainable beauty, as driven by magazines, TV and especially social media. As Mez explains: “People are posting for likes, trying to show that they’re having a good time, but in that moment they’re vulnerable. 

The instantly catchy, narrative-driven, Thoughts also, at least partly, reflects the emptiness that can come with the internet age, but is otherwise about “getting on with your life and trying to be someone. There’s a line about getting ‘all these books that I might never start or finish, but which might get me laid’. It’s about the animalistic nature of the human kind.”

“And emptiness,” adds Mick. “We’re talking about the mobile phone as an extension of your hand. Take that away and there’s nothing to lean on but yourself.” Other tracks employ the familiar LIFE trope of using the minutae of modern life to take a wider look at the way we live. The jokier Moral Fibre – surely the first pop song to use the 1930s jazz slang term “pissants” - is a bubblegum, cheeky track full of wordplay and partly inspired by the experience of watching music industry types court a “buzzy” band and ply them with cocaine – that band have gone and been forgotten already.

It’s A Con – like first album highlight In Your Hands – comments on consumer culture and started as a in joke in the van. “Someone would mention something and someone would go ‘It's a con, it’s full of sugar’,” chuckles Mick. “We’ll sing about everything. We’re not scared of embracing daily life.” Never Love Again is a vibrant, jerky, Fall-ish wounded love song which erupts into a relentless, hypnotic Buzzcockian coda. Together, the songs form a cohesive, rip-roaring, confrontational, emotional, unsettling, dizzying concoction of sound and imagery, a hurtling statement of our times, universal, political and very personal. 
 
“We’ve always believed in ourselves,” says Mez. “We don't care what people say. We want to make music and help our community and that's what we’ve done. There are no filters now.”

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‘A Picture Of Good Health’ Tracklisting:

1. Good Health
2. Moral Fibre
3. Bum Hour
4. Hollow Thing
5. Excites Me
6. Never Love Again
7. Half Pint Fatherhood
8. Grown Up
9. Niceties
10. Thoughts
11. It's A Con
12. Don't Give Up Yet
13. New Rose in Love


Find LIFE online: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY

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Twelfth Day share new single

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Twelfth Day are today sharing the video for their new single, Keep Me. Shot in the studio, Keep Me premieres today at Clash who call it a "bewitching mini-epic", going on to say that it "matches folk touches against a true pop kween." It's a song inspired by the recent rise in awareness of climate change in the media, with the lyrics are from the point of view of Mother Nature as she expresses her relief that we’ve finally realised serious action needs to be taken to save the planet.

Keep Me makes up part of an in-the-works new album that will confront societal conventions by exploring a wealth of urgent current issues such as gender roles, power balance and the challenges of working in the arts as a young woman, the threat of climate change and society’s reluctance to act, and the struggles of mental health. Expressed through their unconventional use of harp and violin - and their inclusion of drums and bass for the first time - they make something that’s greater than the sum of its small parts, drawing on a love of pop, folk, jazz and classical.

Watch the video, created by Lost Clock Productions, below.

UK tour dates in full:

15th November - Scots Fiddle Festival, Edinburgh
18th November - Hug and Pint, Glasgow
19th November - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
22nd November - Ashburton Arts Centre, Ashburton, Devon
23rd November - Tolmen Centre, Constantine, Cornwall
24th November - The Acorn, Penzance, Cornwall
25th November - The Bell Inn, Bath
26th November - Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
27th November - Cecil Sharp House, London
28th November - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
29th November - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
30th November - Victoria Hall, Settle

Tickets are available here.

Find Twelfth Day online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Spotify

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Moon Panda announce debut EP and new single

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...dreamy guitar pop with a slightly baroque feel" - CLASH

"Sounds like: St. Vincent, The National...dreamy instrumental ...sharp, catchy synths" Indie Shuffle

"Deliciously woozy...a sound that nestles nicely between the likes of Tame Impala and Beach House" - KALTBLUT

"...takes you on a weird and wonderful journey through space and time." - It's Nice That

"Like a modern-day Jefferson Airplane, Moon Panda take us on a psychedelic mind trip." - The Wild Honey Pie

'Rabbit' & 'Gun' reached #1 Hype Machine's Most Popular Chart in 2018

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When Californian songwriter/bassist Maddy Myers and Danish guitarist Gustav Moltke decided to collaborate, the band Moon Panda was born. Today, Moon Panda are delighted to share a brand new single entitled "On The Attack" and announce their debut EP "Pastel Pools".

"On The Attack" poignantly documents the more painful side of a long distance relationship and the dizzying effects it can have. Myers explains further:

"Going back and forth between self reliance and feeling like an unattached wild animal, chasing affection and adoration. Waiting for a text back, a call, some proof that I'm missed. Hopefully, it outlines that chaos that can happen inside you when you just want that warmth and acceptance."

Moon Panda will be performing in Denmark this September 18th supporting Honeyhoney's Suzanne Santon at Loppen, Copenhagen.

Listen to "On The Attack" via:
Soundcloud / DSPs

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Moon Panda received an impressive response on their debut single 'Rabbit' which reached #1 on Hype Machine's Most Popular chart in the summer of 2018 and was described as "languid, dreamy guitar pop with a slight baroque feel" by Clash Magazine while Indie Shuffle admired the "progression of the track and addition of sharp, catchy synths" and compared the sound of the track to that of St. Vincent and The NationalThe song was produced by Cameron Blackwood who is known for his work with the likes of London Grammar, Florence & The Machine, and The Horrors.

Follow-up single 'Gun' looked to outline the darker thoughts within "the capricious human mind", explains Myers, with Berlin's KALTBLUT Magazine describing it as "deliciously woozy", and saying the track, "nestles nicely between the likes of Tame Impala and Beach House". The single was produced by established engineer Tom Biller who has worked on records such as Warpaint’s 'The Fool' and Fiona Apple’s 'Extraordinary Machine', to Elliott Smith’s 'From a Basement on a Hill', and Beck’s track 'Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime' from the OST of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The work of Portishead, Men I Trust, Mitski, Beach House, and Angel Olsen have been key to the formation of Moon Panda, as well as their early concept of sound-tracking a "big, lush forest surrounded by the cosmos, filled with giant creatures - a space jungle". Understandably then, the visuals accompanying the music are hugely important to the band. The videos for 'Rabbit' and 'Gun' were both stunning in their own way, praise crossing over to animation-lovers and cinephiles like Motionographer, Lester Banks, It's Nice That and curators at Vimeo who highlighted it as a 'Staff Pick'.

Change is a part of life, and Moon Panda have had their fair share of shifts in line-up and location during their lifetime as a group. In 2019, Moltke and Myers have found themselves in Denmark, with an important addition being 'BMO' the puppy (and now number 1 Moon Panda fan). Upcoming EP "Pastel Pools" will collect singles 'Rabbit', 'Gun', 'On The Attack' and include more new work for fans to look forward to.

Listen to previous singles:
'GUN' / 'RABBIT'

See Moon Panda live:
September 18th - Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark
(Supporting Honeyhoney's Suzanne Santo)

Find Moon Panda online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Soundcloud | Vimeo

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The Wants share new single

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Following the organic buzz around shows at SXSW and a debut single for Council Records (Scalping, Talk Show) in "Clearly A Crisis", NYC's The Wants return with the follow-up, "Fear My Society", an immediate slice of gloomy art-punk that pairs both new wave sensibilities and off-kilter hooks to an influence from minimal techno.

WATCH THE VIDEO TO "FEAR MY SOCIETY" HERE

Their second single took years to find it's final form, as songwriter Madison Velding-VanDam explains:

"Fear My Society is a song that has gone through multiple genre shifts and moods until it finally clicked this past year. In one sense, the lyrics couldn’t be more straightforward — a reflection of the always-shifting (though recently seismically so) political, economic, and technological atmosphere of the United States. But I didn’t write the song in reaction to this. I was reflecting on the pressures I put on myself to achieve — “will you love me if I’m a failure?” is an honest concern of mine, a universal and primal concern that spans generations and even species. I’m interested in always pushing a step further towards what scares me."

The Wants front-man Madison and bassist Heather are also members of Bodega, with Madison fulfilling both guitar duties and also producing new material for the band set for release later this year.

Madison also handles co-production alongside Jason Gates for The Wants' own material and has directed their accompanying visuals in collaboration with Philadelphia-born photographer Madison Carroll. For the “Fear My Society” video, the Madisons traveled to Detroit where Velding-VanDam’s mother resides, near where he spent his formative years. He was compelled to film there after a recent visit to Zug Island, an industrial park and coal mine right on the edge of the Detroit river.

Departing from New York, the two spent time along Highway 80, between the Northeast and Midwest urban centers where they spent their respective upbringings. The Madisons found themselves drawn to these landscapes considered “liminal”, literally deemed “unincorporated areas”, where vast expanses of land surrounding stretches of rest stops and motor inns were speckled with glowing houses in the eerily silent early hours of the morning. The isolation and economic dissolution of the Midwest felt more 
 relatable to native Velding-VanDam’s core than the gentrified, hyper-curated outer world of New York City.    

This idea of parallel realities ebbed back into the psyche of Velding-VanDam in the conception of the “Fear My Society” video, inhabiting a character and lifestyle that he had envisioned in a previous chapter of life, which had been spent working odd-yet-more-properly-stable jobs in retail, customer service, and the service industry.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR "FEAR MY SOCIETY" HERE

The Wants will follow the release of "Fear My Society" with a short run of headlining dates around the UK. You can catch them at the following venues:

September 16th - The Waiting Room, London
September 18th - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
September 19th - YES, Manchester

September 20th - The Lanes, Bristol
September 21st - Acapulco Bar, Portsmouth


The Wants are:

Madison Velding-VanDam - guitar, vocals
Jason Gates - drums, electronics
Heather Elle - bass

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Jeremy Ivey shares new song

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“Jeremy Ivey has long been one of Nashville’s most beloved behind-the-scenes musical magicians … Ivey’s lyrical approach is both narratively vibrant and heavily poetic.” - Rolling Stone

“Image-rich storytelling with brooding psychedelia, accented by manic guitar stabs and sparkling stacks of vocal harmonies courtesy of Price’s production.” -
Nashville Scene

“I’ve spent a good amount of time when I didn’t have a working vehicle on a Greyhound bus seeing the country from a big dirty window,” singer and songwriter Jeremy Ivey says of his latest song’s inspirations. “Everyone on a Greyhound seems homeless, even if it’s just a temporary thing. In transit, between two lives. Everyone seems like they are in the throes of some intense drama. An alcoholic returning to a rehab in Tuscaloosa, a retired tollbooth operator with a Christmas present for his estranged son in Chattanooga. It’s like a mobile society. A modern caravan through a burned out Canaan.”

Listen to “Greyhound”, featuring backing vocals from Ivey’s wife Margo Price, HERE.

“I remember the first time Jeremy played this song for me, we were outside of The Library, which is a pub on the lower east side of New York City,” Price said. “We were stranded in the city during an intense blizzard and he sang it to me on the street. He wasn’t going to include it on his album and I made him. It’s got a simple sort of brilliance to it that I love.”

Price has also been an enormous supporter since the day they met when Ivey was 25 and she was 20. “My 20s were a mixed bag between learning to play, but also being told not to,” Ivey says, recalling an earlier relationship. “I didn't go to college. I grew up very sheltered in a very religious home, and I wasn't allowed to listen to a lot of music. I was pretty green and naïve. And then when I met Margo, of course, she was a musician herself, and she was encouraging and telling me that I was good.”

Recorded in a “little bitty house studio” in Nashville, The Dream and the Dreamer – also produced by Price – is a nine-song album that hosts a collection of homespun, deeply introspective tracks. Ivey, who writes prolifically and ideally wants to release an album a year, cites everyone from the Beatles to Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan as influences.

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Download hi-res album artwork HERE

Pre-Order ‘The Dream and the Dreamer’

Find JEREMY IVEY online: 
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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The Murder Capital share new single

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Single release: 16th August 2019
Record label: Human Season Records
More info: The Murder Capital website

Ahead of the release of their debut album this Friday, Dublin's The Murder Capital have shared a new recording entitled 'More Is Less', the live version of which went viral and forged the band's breakthrough last year.

LISTEN HERE

The release follows the recent live session for Steve Lamacq on 6 Music, where they have been B-listed for latest release "Don't Cling To Life", that you can listen to again HERE

The band have also recently released the first in a series of four live videos, starting with 'Green & Blue', which you can watch HERE

The Murder Capital have seen previous single releases - "Feeling Fades" and the 12" of the aforementioned "Green & Blue" - top the vinyl charts already this year, and last month announced a series of strictly limited in-stores and intimate performances for later this week:

Thursday 15th Aug - CORK
Music Zone - (evening show) performance + signing

Friday 16th August - DUBLIN
Tower Records - (afternoon show) performance + signing

Saturday 17th August - KILKENNY
Rollercoaster Records (afternoon show) performance + signing

Saturday 17th August - LIMERICK
Steamboat Records (evening show) - performance + signing

Sunday 18th Aug - DERRY
Cool Discs @ Sandinos (afternoon show) - performance + signing

Sunday 18th Aug - BELFAST
Strange Victory Records (evening show) - performance + signing

Mon 19th Aug – GLASGOW
Monorail – performance + signing

Tues 20th Aug – MANCHESTER
FOPP (afternoon show) – performance + signing

Wed 21st Aug – LEEDS
Crash (afternoon) – signing

Thurs 22nd Aug – LONDON
Rough Trade East (afternoon show) - performance + signing

Thurs 22nd Aug - BRIGHTON
Resident Music (evening) – performance + signing

You can see a map of all of the in-store locations HERE

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The signings and in-stores are in support of their much-anticipated debut album, "When I Have Fears", set for release on August 16th through Human Season Records.

The album will be available on gatefold colour LP, black LP, as part of a limited bundle (gatefold colour LP, t-shirt, pin & journal), CD and as a digital download.

You can pre-order HERE

Produced by Flood (PJ Harvey, New Order, Foals) the album features all four singles from the band so far, "Feeling Fades", "Green & Blue" & "Don't Cling To Life" and 'More Is Less'

An exercise in both darkness and light, “When I Have Fears” only serves to highlight the early ambition in the band's sound. From the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part "Slowdance", to the tender, bruised confessional of "On Twisted Ground" and industrial pulse of closer "Love, Love, Love", there's a consistent intensity throughout that marks out The Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album.

As well as festival dates across the summer, the band will head out on two headline tours - once in July and again in October / November.

Full dates below with tickets available from: www.themurdercapital.com

You can catch the band live on the following dates:

16th August – The Button Factory – Dublin, IRE - SOLD OUT
23rd August – Cabaret Vert – Charleville Mezieres, FR
25th August – Rock En Seine – Paris, FR
30th August – Into The Great Wide Open – Vlieland, NL
1st September – End of the Road – Salisbury, UK
7th September – Misty Fields Festival – Asten-Heusden, NL
26th September – Death Disco – Athens, GR
7th October – The Exchange – Bristol, UK
8th October – Bodega Social Club – Nottingham, UK
10th October – Dome, Tuffnell Park – London, UK
11th October – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
12th October – Castle & Falcon – Birmingham, UK
14th October – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
15th October – The Mash House – Edinburgh, UK
16th October – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow, UK
18th October – YES (The Pink Room) – Manchester, UK

19th October – Ritual Union – Oxford, UK
20th October – Swn Fest – Cardiff, UK
25th October – London Calling – Amsterdam, Netherlands
26th October – V11 – Rotterdam, NL
28th October – Le Grand Mix – Tourcoing, FR
29th October – Portobello – Caen, FR
31st October – Le Rocher de Palmer – Bordeaux, FR
1st November – La Rex – Toulouse, FR
2nd November – La Paloma – Nimes, FR
4th November – Joker’s Pub – Angers, FR
6th November – Nouveau Casino – Paris, FR
8th November – L’Autre Canal – Nancy, FR
9th November – La Poudriere – Belfort, FR
10th November – Sonic City – Kortrijk, Belgium

12th November – Molotow Musikclub – Hamburg, DE
13th November – Music und Frieden – Berlin, DE
14th November – Artheater – Cologne, DE

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The Murder Capital are:

James McGovern - vocals
Damien Tuit - guitars
Cathal Roper - guitars
Gabriel Paschal Blake - bass
Diarmuid Brennan - drums

If you have ever seen The Murder Capital live then what will strike you most about the experience is not the heaviness, the bleakness or the rage you might expect, but witnessing a most extreme vision of tenderness. Their debut album, ‘When I Have Fears’, recorded over the Spring with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, New Order etc.), embodies this tenderness; it is a purple bruise on the hard knee of the so-called post-punk resurgence. It is not a labour of love but a struggle through love, loneliness and grief that now sits weightless upon their five shoulders, not marching, but dancing, out into the cold light of day. It exists in two worlds which oppose each other yet breath each other’s air, because ultimately it is an album about accepting that which you fear, loving that which you hate, feeling the excess that can only be found in isolation. The name, ‘When I Have Fears’ acknowledges its own vulnerability, and was given very early on to ensure that consistency of thought, and that beautiful arch in the narrative which gives space for the purging of guilt and leads, ultimately, to its final cathartic moments.

Listening to how many places opening track For Everything reaches sonically within the first ten seconds is representative of the album’s attempt to touch upon “the whole spectrum of human emotion”. The guitars, like saws, sing to each other, tenor and baritone; a chiming tambourine compliments even the methodical and angry deep-set drums. ‘Not at all, not for everything,/ It’s not for everything at all./ Not for everyone, it’s not for anyone at all,’ is so much more than just a smart, slick trick of the tongue, because the poetic and sonic landscape of which it speaks, and that which the whole album speaks, is both a mountain and a valley - it really becomes both everything and nothing.

The music was secondary, and the ethos of compassion and ability to fully understand one another always came first. “The last time we played through the album we felt every second of those 6 months spent writing it and a lot of it is a reflection of what we went through together.” Just to hear Feeling Fades, to glimpse it, you immediately understand The Murder Capital’s insatiable need for unity and empathy both to banish and beautify the crux of loneliness. We hear that isolated voice searching out to sea, ‘And as the feeling fades away/ The tearing streets create a wave’: it lurches forward with uncertainty over the resounding bass that creeps slowly, slowly, and eventually catches up with a crack of those chugging drums. And suddenly we have union, we are there running alongside that voice, hand in hand. And, as everything falls in time and into place, we become acutely aware of the present, and that present which the voice sings of, ‘the now elapsed round you and me’, is no longer a lonely existence.

You might be surprised to know that the debut album from that dark, twisted Dublin quintet, The Murder Capital, is in all its boyish innocence and vulnerability, a coming of age album. “When you get to your teens you begin to feel like you’re playing catch up with your inner child. You have to dismantle all the shit that was put into your parents brains and given to you.” A generational baggage handed to us perhaps not consciously, but by virtue of blood and guilt, as explained in More Is Less: ‘If I gave you what you wanted/ you’d never be full./ That’s the trappings of your boyish mind/ Become unshakeable”. Something as small as questioning why at six years old your hands were clasped in prayer, becomes a quiet revolution, “and we’ve tried to dismantle it in the fact that we've been completely honest in attempting to dismantle ourselves.”

It is an attempt to hold a mirror up to emotion, to pain, which for this group is quite a specific pain; an unequivocal suffering as sharp as a shard of this reflective glass. But by focusing in on this struggle it comes undone, unanchored, deconstructed- but never diluted. It is simply allowed to float freely within the soundscape, where it may become transformed as another harnesses it. The same, but different- it is the cracked mirror. ‘Came home from somewhere,/ Somehow covered in myself./ Came home from nowhere,/ ‘Somehow now I’m someone else’ sings Slowdance I, with its intense reverb, drone-like bass and stinging atonal guitar. Its murky, anonymous and unsure compared to the elation of Slowdance II, and even though the tracks bleed into each other, you can sense it emerging from the pain, reborn as the cello sings and we enter the second half of the record.

This relationship between pain and freedom is an important one. The suicide of a close friend led not only to the birth of the band’s name but to the philosophy of the entire record, “every single one of those lyrics relates back in some way to his death”. Discovering the work of photographer Francesca Woodman who took her own life at 22, was also a significant touch point. “The biggest impression her work left on us was relating to the loneliness of her photos. That sense of being completely on your own, but also taking solace in the beauty of the work as well. I think we’d be lying if we ever truly admitted to ourselves that we weren’t afraid of dying young. I think we push the boundaries at times. There’s something about Francesca Woodman’s work that just takes control of that.” Listening to Green and Blue, a track written immediately after discovering her work, you can hear that isolation as each instrument seems to exist entirely in a world of it’s own- so self aware. Lyrically too, its completely subjective. It's a song that can see only out of your eyes, it blurs the background and draws a thick black outline around the iris, gothic and indulgent.

If this work inspires within us a sense of self-reflection and confrontation, then the album too came to realise itself, and in the most poignant way possible. One member buried his mum half way through recording, and so was born the dark grooves and tragic beauty of the record’s bravest track, Don’t Cling To Life. “Even through everything that was going on we didn’t want to write a sad song, we wanted to write a song you could dance to. Feeling grief and wanting to dance through it, and feeling the rawness and emptiness of our own grief, because any relationship that involves love is so specific to you.” And this quiet but violent contemplation will eventually lead you to the sobered ecstasy that we hear in the anti-chorus of Love, Love, Love. The final track’s words are weighted with their own importance, they are sure, and the instrumentation is round and whole and warm with the friction of the constant flitting snare, beating like a human heart. Love, fear, hate, grief: it is not the fact of these experiences but their uniqueness, that makes them universal. It is the knowledge that no one else is feeling how you feel, and yet you all find yourselves huddled round that same small dignified fire in the corner of the room at your darkest, coldest moments.

When I Have Fears is not black and white, it is a unique experience that becomes universal simply through listening, tethered together by an unbreakable tenderness.

Not black and white, but three anonymous bodies, cloaked and embracing in a pallid, grey-beige.

It is everything and it is nothing.

Shared by everyone and no one.

STREAM "MORE IS LESS"

STREAM "DON'T CLING TO LIFE"

STREAM "GREEN & BLUE"

STREAM “FEELING FADES”

WATCH “MORE IS LESS” (LIVE SESSION)

ALTERNATIVE HI-RES PHOTO (CREDIT: GAVIN OVOCA) HERE

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The Murder Capital
When I Have Fears

Out August 16th on Human Season Records

Tracklisting:

1. For Everything
2. More Is Less
3. Green & Blue
4. Slowdance I
5. Slowdance II
6. On Twisted Ground
7. Feeling Fades
8. Don't Cling To Life
9. How The Streets Adore Me Now
10. Love, Love, Love

Press quotes so far:

“The Murder Capital are more than a punk band, and in a league of their own.”
Loud & Quiet

"An album just waiting eagerly to be a classic."
DIY

“"a band gearing up to scorch the earth around them... a fierce debut"
MOJO

"A debut album of raw potency."
Q

"One of the best debuts for some time."
Uncut

“The Murder Capital are outrageously exciting live. The young Dublin quintet’s brutal art-punk rock is thrilling on the edge of terrifying: new year fireworks in a metal tent. They make the brutal beautiful.”
The Guardian


“Their audacious debut album illustrates The Murder Capital are already a killer.”
Long Live Vinyl

“The Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instill can’t-look-away levels of captivation.”
NME

“Cacophonous noise and stage theatrics that could make them stars very, very soon.”
DIY on Eurosonic

“The Murder Capital are as unstinting, honest and vicious as you’d expect the next great punk band torn from the streets of Dublin to be. They see the bar, clear it, and raise it dauntingly high.”
Discovery, The Line Of Best Fit

“The Murder Capital emit a passion that will turn heads, but importantly they are a voice with something to shout about, and that could truly cement them as something to cherish.”
So Young

“If you’re into your post-punk brutal and bolshy, The Murder Capital have got you sorted. The Murder Capital as one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instil can’t-look-away levels of captivation.”
NME Hot 100 For 2019

“As with any new band, the question always comes down to whether they can be just as sharp and thrilling when it comes to studio recordings, and today The Murder Capital give us the definitive and unforgiving affirmative on their debut single”
Track Of The Day, The 405

“A group whose live shows and sessions have (rightly) been garnering much attention… the soundtrack to your Friday night.”
Wonderland 

“Ireland’s best new band?”
The Irish Times

“Surging like waves and creating the same nervous, edge-of-your-seat atmosphere that their live shows have been so well spoken of for… beautiful chaos.”
NEU Pick Of The Day, DIY

“A brooding beat and a menacing bassline, The Murder Capital have delivered the goods.”
Gigwise

“Not just a band primed to rip your head off, but to make you throw shapes.”
Dork Hype 2019

“Furious, bellowing Irish punks who would beat you in a staring contest.”
DIY Class Of 2019

www.themurdercapital.com

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BATS share new single and album

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Album release: 10th October 2019
More info: BATS’ Facebook page

Today, Dublin avant-rock 5-piece BATS have announced details of their first new album in 7 years, 'Alter Nature', and have shared the first single to be taken from the record, 'Old Hitler'. 

Having formed in 2006, the band released their EP 'Cruel Sea Scientist' in 2007, their debut LP 'Red In Tooth & Claw', produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou, in 2009 and ‘The Sleep Of Reason’ produced by These Arms Are Snakes’ Chris Common in 2012. Sporting their own brand of science inspired metal/post-hardcore and surprisingly danceable post-punk, the band have received critical acclaim from the likes of the Quietus, NME, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound and more. 

With the forthcoming release of their third studio album ‘ALTER NATURE’, BATS seek to continue their ongoing quest of promoting science and reason while combating superstition and pseudoscience with blastable riffs and existential grooves. This evident on the new single 'Old Hitler', with the band explaining:

"Old Hitler was a legendary giant hammerhead shark, nicknamed by US naval officers in the midst of WWII. This song posits the question... what if Old Hitler showed up at the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945? What carnage would he have wrought? This question and many more answered on ALTER NATURE."

HEAR/SHARE 'OLD HITLER' HERE

'ALTER NATURE' is a full-frontal attack to all of the senses. BATS incredibly idiosyncratic and cacophonous yet entirely rousing experimental noise-rock delves into intelligent and complex territory both lyrically and musically, but BATS understand that it need not exclude it from having a raw, rhythmic energy and a strong sense of melody.

This translates perfectly into their live shows and has seen the band earn plaudits and fans playing alongside the likes of The Locust, These Arms Are Snakes, The Jesus Lizard, Gang Gang Dance, Sebadoh and Chrome Hoof. BATS will also play this year's ArcTanGent festival with further live dates TBA. 

7 years in the making, the band have purposefully set about honing and crafting these tracks with precision and dedication. If you’re lucky enough to have heard BATS before or have even seen them live, then this incredibly strong third effort should be instantly recognisable as a consummate and direct snapshot of the devastatingly efficient unit; let alone as another step towards wherever the band might take themselves. If you're still yet to hear them, then you could have picked no better space-time.

'ALTER NATURE' is due out 10th October - pre-order HERE

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Find BATS online:
FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

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TRACKLISTING:

1. Summoning The Demon
2. Christian Science
3. The Call Of Chtulhu
4. Old Hitler
5. In The Court Of The CRISPR King
6. Ergot
7. Dyson Sphere
8. Family Planning
9. Current Affairs

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Jamie Freeman shares new single and video

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Single release: 4th October 2019
Label: Union Music
More info: Jamie Freeman’s website

Praise for 'Dreams About Falling':

"...a musical tour de force, and undoubtedly his best release to date, and one can only see Jamie‘s star ascending as a result." Folk Radio UK

"Heart-stopping" MOJO

"Just about perfect... highlights the great things about Jamie's writing." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Maverick

"Freeman hovers between the narrative talents of Pete Townshend, Ray Davies and other 60's luminaries..." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - R'N'R Magazine

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Today, Jamie Freeman has shared a brand new video for "The Fire" after it premiered at Billboard yesterday where the moving visuals where described as "emotional". The track is taken from Freeman's latest album "Dreams About Falling" which was released earlier in the year via Union Music Label, to critical acclaim.

"The Fire" was co-written with the multi-award-winning Ben Glover. The song was written after the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in 2017 and uses powerful imagery to invoke moving scenes of spirits, smoke, and betrayal. Talking of its creation, Freeman has said,

“The Grenfell story isn’t mine to tell, I wasn’t there – I experienced the horror at distance along with the rest of the country. But as a songwriter I felt a strong emotional need to honour the event and the people. So The Fire was written about the physical ‘being’ of the fire itself; an unfeeling force that simply does what it does, regardless. The song alludes to the controversy surrounding the disaster but I knew I didn’t want to write a straight protest song; it seemed too important to be mired in that. Little did we know that two years later the story would still be rumbling on.”

“Although I was in Nashville at the time I was determined to write the song with a fellow Brit, someone who would feel it a bit closer to home. So I called Ben Glover from Northern Ireland who now lives over there, and he was the perfect writing partner for the song.”

Watch "The Fire" via YouTube

Read feature at Billboard

Purchase "Dreams About Falling"

Freeman is currently supporting Wade Bowen on their European tour, after which he will return to the UK for shows supporting Good Lovelies and Jo Harman as well as playing the Mid-Sussex Americana & Ale Festival and a headline show in Southsea on October 25th. Full dates can be found below.

2019 Live Dates:

August 1st - Manchester, UK - Gullivers*
August 2nd - Glasgow, UK - Òran Mór*
August 3rd - Hamburg, Germany - NOCHTWACHE*
August 4th - Berlin, Germany - Privatclub*
August 5th - München, Germany - folks! club*
August 6th - Köln, Germany - Blue Shell*
August 13th - London, UK - Green Note+
Aug 14th - Leicester, UK - The Musician+
August 15th - Crawley, UK - The Hawth+
August 24th - Hassocks, UK - Mid-Sussex Americana & Ale Fest
October 25th - Southsea, UK - The Tea Tray
November 9th - Horsham, UK - The REC Rooms~

Supporting Jo Harman
+ Supporting Good Lovelies
* Supporting Wade Bowen

More on 'Dreams About Falling':

“‘Dreams About Falling’ alludes to the fine line between flying and falling, succeeding or failing. Some of the songs are about childhood or upbringing, how that shapes an adult and how they remember and deal with those memories. That feeling of doing something exciting and scary, or waking from a dream just before you hit the ground.”

Jamie Freeman returns with perhaps his most startlingly honest and remarkably vulnerable album yet, with the release of ‘Dreams About Falling’, in May 2019 via Union Music Label. Produced in Nashville by Grammy-nominated Neilson Hubbard, Freeman skilfully tackles subjects such as parental expectations, childhood potential, and facing up to the possibility of falling short of those aspirations. These themes may be further understood when the context of Freeman’s talented family is brought into the picture. With a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning brother, Martin, and Frazier Chorus indie-dance musician (signed to 4AD, Virgin) brother, Tim, one can imagine that the family outlook has always been to ‘aim high’.

Jamie Freeman has found his own path, however, and become a respected figure within the Americana music scene after releasing his debut record ‘Just You’ in 2011, follow-up ‘100 Miles From Town’ in 2013 (under the name The Jamie Freeman Agreement) and EP ‘Hasia Dreams’ in 2017, all to critical acclaim from the likes of Americana UK, RnR, Maverick, FATEA, and more. A testament to the reputation Freeman has built is the impressive roster of collaborators and producers that have lent themselves to his projects; not only is the album produced by the acclaimed Neilson Hubbard, who has been attached to some of the finest Americana records of the past decade (most recently Mary Gauthier’s Rifles and Rosary Beads), Jamie has also worked with the likes of Angaleena Presley, Mark Chadwick, Larkin Poe, Wild Ponies, Ben Glover, and Michael Logen.

Freeman's list of co-writers and contributors on ‘Dreams About Falling’ reads like a who's who of Nashville's finest. One particular highlight is ‘Down Range’, a heartbreaking tale of a Gulf War veteran returning to his wife that the Pistol Annies singer and solo artist Angaleena Presley duetted with Freeman on especially for this album. Presley actually co-wrote one of the final tracks on the record ‘I Miss Those Bars’, which Freeman explains is, “about the fear of having to fend for oneself, even if that freedom is what we desire. If we attain that freedom how will we cope? She has written and talked about hardships close to home to do with the opioid epidemic leading to addiction and prison. I had my own second-hand experience with alcohol.”

‘Down Range’ is swiftly followed by the equally poignant track ‘The Fire’, a song co-written by Ben Glover whose latest release ‘Shorebound’ won UK Album of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2019. The track itself was written after the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in 2017 and uses powerful imagery to invoke moving scenes of spirits, smoke, and betrayal. On its creation, Freeman has said, “I didn’t want to write a political song, and I didn’t feel I had the authority to write *specifically* about Grenfell, but I wanted to honour the event and the people, so we wrote about the physical being of the fire itself; an unfeeling force that simply does what it does.”

Jamie’s commitment to music doesn’t end with his own releases. Freeman produced the critically-acclaimed 'Not Waving But Drowning' and 'Dead Stars' by The Self Help Group along with many other projects including the Noble Jacks debut 'What The Hammer' as well as taking on the role of drummer for Sam Outlaw and MD for Angaleena Presley's UK touring band. He's also a member of the Americana Music Association UK - working as their designer and volunteer, something that takes up a lot of his time and energy, but that Freeman is extremely dedicated to. “I like to take a 'high tide floats all boats' attitude to helping fellow musicians”, he explains.

“The last line in the closing song (Match Among The Ashes) says, ‘You’d believe that you can fly, because she told you, so you try.’ This is a direct reference to my own upbringing and the faith and belief that my mother instilled in me. The title is perhaps a reference to that, coupled with the fear of not living up to it.”

Find Jamie Freeman online: Website | Spotify | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Bandsintown

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Young Guv share new single

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Album release: 2nd August 2019
Label: Run For Cover Records
More info: You Guv’s twitter

Young Guv has revealed his new video and single, "Patterns Prevail". He explains, "the track is a love letter written by my collaborator Aurora Shields, but dissolved into a song. As long as the patterns in the colours of a rainy summer sky mash together with a glowing streetlight continue to prevail in a bittersweet tangerine tone, so do the patterns in the musical notes of yearning and infatuation, of tenderness and chaos, rapture and combustion. Complimentary patterns of the night and day will always prevail. We are all experiencing sadness and happiness through love, and that's the balance of it. That's life, I suppose. "

Young Guv's latest endeavour GUV I, delivers a collection of staggeringly poignant and infectious pop tunes which he describes akin to "people-watching in a foreign country in the morning, trying not to cry from the overwhelming feeling of sadness and happiness." Another way of putting it; Young Guv songs are about being alone. The album is the first volume of a two part LP series and sees its release August 2 on Run For Cover Records -- details on the second to come.

WATCH & SHARE "PATTERNS PREVAIL" (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Young Guv is dedicated and prolific songwriter, Ben Cook. You may know him from his work and partake legendary bands such as F'cked Up and No Warning. But the only place to hear music that belongs entirely to Ben Cook - music that comes into the world owing nothing to a bandmate or a client or a genre convention, whether affectionately observed or cheekily subverted - has been under the umbrella of Young Guv. Since 2008, he has released a steady drip of singles and EPs, plus two full-lengths. Sometimes Young Guv songs have guitars and British Invasion harmonies; sometimes they have synths and a modulated voice. But always they have choruses you'll never forget and lyrics whose dry wit and understated acuity knocks you flat.

Album Artwork By: Braulio Amado | Hi Res Version Here

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GUV I
Run For Cover Records
August 2, 2019
Pre-order Here

1 - Patterns Prevail
2 - Roll With Me
3 - Every Flower I See
4 - Luv Always
5 - Didn't Even Cry
6 - High On My Mind
7 - Exceptionally Ordinary
8 - Boring Story

"Patterns Prevail" Lyrics:
trust me you don't wanna touch me
you will lie and say you love me 
i wanted to be the new light in your life
trust me you don't wanna love me 
i tried my best to tread lightly 
i never wanted to ruin your fantasy 

theres a secret runnin'
through my ear 
i am rocky waters 
and you are crystal clear 

i can hear the whispers baby
all these secrets drive me crazy
colours shift between the shading 
i can see patterns prevailing 

Find Young Guv online InstagramTwitter | Run For Cover

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Black Country, New Road release new single

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Single release: 26th July 2019 digitally/ 6th September 2019 on 7" vinyl
Label: BC,NR / Speedy Wunderground/ Black Editions

LISTEN TO "SUNGLASSES" HERE

Today, Black Country, New Road announce a much-anticipated new single in the 8 minute "Sunglasses", mixed by Dan Carey, to be released digitally on 26th July on BC,NR / Speedy Wunderground and physically 6th September on the Thurston Moore-affiliated Blank Editions. 

500 copies of the single will be pressed to 7”, each copy a unique product, with different Polaroid images on each cover taken by the band.

PRE-ORDER "SUNGLASSES" HERE

Front man Isaac Wood has the following to say about the single's themes, "it describes a series of events, loosely connected, all yet to happen. The song was intended to be highly inspirational. The lyrics are sometimes concerned with symbols of wealth or affluence but they are not written from a critical or even external position."

Despite scarce information available on the band up to now, their debut single “Athens, France” sold out of its pressing on Speedy Wunderground in a matter of days, they were featured in The Guardian’s tips for 2019 and they have performed in session for 6 Music alongside other early accolades. A precociously young seven-piece featuring both prominent sax and violin in their line-up, BC,NR have cut their teeth playing their first shows alongside the likes of Fat White Family, Black Midi and more.

Black Country, New Road are:

May Kershaw - Keys
Charlie Wayne - Drums
Luke Mark - Guitar
Isaac Wood - Vocals/Guitar
Tyler Hyde - Bass
Lewis Evans - Sax
Georgia Ellery – Violin

Black Country, New Road have also announced a series of UK headlining dates for September / October alongside further festival dates, including Green Man, End Of The Road and Primavera Sound's 20th Anniversary in Spain.

You can catch the band live on the following dates:

20.07.19 - Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
26.07.19 - Midi Festival, Hyères, France
02.08.19 - Micro Festival, Liege, Belgium
03.08.19 - Visions Festival, London, UK
17.08.19 - Green Man Festival, London, UK
19.09.19 - Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
22.08.19 - The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
23.08.19 - Future Yards, Birkenhead, UK
24.08.19 - End Of The Road Festival, Dorset, UK
24.09 - Boston Music Rooms, London, UK
29.09 - The Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK
30.09 - Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
01.10 - Rough Trade, Bristol, UK
02.10 - Yes Basement, Manchester, UK
03.10 - Poetry Club, Glasgow, UK
04.10 - Elsewhere, Margate, UK
19.10 - SWN Festival, Cardiff, UK
20.10 - Future Days, Birmingham, UK
09.11 - Primavera Sound 20th Anniversary, Benidorm, Spain
10.11 - Sonic City, Kortrijk, Belgium

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Louien shares new single and announces new album

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Album release: 13th September 2019
Label: Jansen Records
More info: Louien’s Facebook page

Louien – AKA Live Miranda Solberg – returns today with new music in the form of latest single I Follow You. Taken from an album set to emerge later this year on revered Norwegian label Jansen Records, I Follow You forms part of a new works that explores how the process of mourning and grief can change a person’s outlook. It focuses not only death, but isolation and separation in general. Live’s ability to marry these themes with delicate and intricate melodies make I Follow You an immediately rewarding listen.

About the album, Louien says, “Grief allows for beautiful things as well - love and hope, for instance - and you really get in touch with your own feelings. But this album is probably more about the first phase of a grieving process – hopelessness, isolation, anxiety and depression."

Listen to I Follow You HERE

Louien has appeared at some of Norway’s biggest festivals, including Oya and by:Larm. The album was recorded with Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen at Brageveien Studio in Oslo. Among the guests are Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen, Henrik Lødøen, Øystein Braut, Kristine Marie Aasvang, Signe Marie Rustad and Einar Kaupang.

The album None of My Words will be released on Jansen Records September 13th 2019.

Find Louien online: Jansen Records | Facebook | Spotify

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Press Club announce new album and share lead single

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Photo credit: Ian Laidlaw

Album release: 16th August 2019
Label: Hassle Records
More info: Press Club’s website

When Melbourne punks Press Club released their debut album Late Teens, it was received as a cacophonous battle-cry, resonating with fans far beyond their native Australia. Marked out as a band to keep an eye out for very early on, their music was singled out for its honesty and integrity, and the band praised for their social awareness, calls for self-improvement and powerhouse live performances. Today, the band announce their anticipated follow-up album, Wasted Energy, along with new single Thinking About You.

Pre-order Wasted Energy HERE
Listen to Thinking About You
HERE
Official Youtube Audio Stream
HERE

Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzz-addled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the thick guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, and the emotionally charged vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster. On new single Thinking About You, amongst the climactic clatter of the band giving it everything, is Foster recounting her experience with a stalker. Never one to shy away from what is uncomfortable, the song embodies a freak’s tongue, cooing unbridled down the phone line; abrupt, uninvited, and out of the blue.

In contrast to Late Teens, lyrically, Wasted Energy approaches the microphone through a lens of extrospection. It examines the negative behaviours in the world around us and how we’re all learning to exist in today’s ever-evolving socio-moral landscape. Wasted Energy is broadly about change, and life’s watershed moments that change its course. These shifts are laterally represented lyrically and sonically in many of its songs. Sweeping about-faces and musical departures are an expansion of the musical fibre that make up the Press Club repertoire.

Don’t miss the band in August as they embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date, including performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals. The full list of upcoming shows is as follows.

Full tour dates are below

Thu Aug 22 - The Parish, Huddersfield UK
Fri Aug 23 - Reading Festival, Reading UK
Sat Aug 24 - Leeds Festival, Leeds UK
Sun Aug 25 - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK
Tue Aug 27 - Redrum, Stafford UK
Wed Aug 28 - Bodega, Nottingham UK
Thu Aug 29 - Surf Cafe, Newcastle UK
Frid Aug 30 - Broadcast, Glasgow UK
Sat Aug 31 - Night People, Manchester UK
Tue Sep 3 - Annie's, Worcester UK
Wed Sep 4 - Bermuda Bob’s Hi-Fi, Norwich UK
Thu Sep 5 - New Cross Inn, London UK – VENUE CHANGE FROM THE BORDERLINE
Fri Sep 6 - Prince Albert, Brighton UK
Sun Sep 8 - Cinetol, Amsterdam NL
Tue Sep 10 – Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern DE
Wed Sep 11 - Sonic Ballroom, Cologne DE
Thu Sep 12 - Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe DE
Fri Sep 13 - Dynamo, Zurich CH
Sat Sep 14 - Strom, Munich DE
Sun Sep 15 - Cross Club, Prague CZ
Wed Sep 18 - Stengade - Copenhagen DK
Thu Sep 19 & Friday Sep 20 - Reeperbahn, Hamburg DE
Sat Sep 21 - Vera, Groningen NL

Tickets are available now HERE

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Download hi-res album artwork HERE

Praise for debut album Late Teens

“An amazing, amazing record. There’s no answer to where they could end up.”– Kerrang! Hottest Bands of 2019

“A breathless exorcism of adolescent emotion. Late teens will leave a remarkable imprint.” - NME

“The centrepiece both on record and in the flesh is the powerhouse performance of vocalist Natalie Foster.” – DIY

“This is one club that the world will be clamouring to join.” - Upset

“Press Club install a rackety underlay to their sound that gives them a uniqueness most bands would kill for.” - Alt Press Bands to Watch 2019

“Suburbia is such a big track” - Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1

“One of our records of the year for sure – so great.” - Dan P Carter, BBC Radio 1

“A listen-all-the-way-through-and-hit-repeat masterpiece.” - Aesthetica Magazine

“Nat Foster adds a lot of star power. You can see Press Club going far.” - Louder Than War

“Headwreck is a whirlwind of a track.” - The i Paper

Find Press Club online: 
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Spotify

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Chloe Foy shares new single

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Single release: Out now
More info: Chloe Foy website

Listen HERE

Praise for Chloe Foy:

"Beautiful and relatable." – The Line of Best Fit

"Her huge talent lies in creating delicate yet intense atmospheres that swallow us in bliss, while her voice remains our steady link to reality." – The 405

"From the delicate guitar line to her urgent vocal, the sighing chorus in the background and the martial drums 'Oh You Are Not Well' leads with an incredible sense of purpose, with Chloe Foy taking time to place each note in exactly the right position." – CLASH

"Foy glistens with a dark, youthful honesty, full of relief." – EARMILK

Chloe Foy writes a brand of melodic, homegrown music, bursting with colourful, lyrical and textural inflections evocative of much of the music she loves. Taking inspiration from classical music as much as wider transatlantic trends in folk and indie, Chloe’s songs comprise of carefully constructed arrangements that delicately compliment her cryptic lyrics.

Having performed at SXSW, Chloe has captured the attention of rapidly growing UK and US audiences. With the release of her singles ‘Asylum’, ‘Flaws’, and ‘In The Middle Of The Night’, she has accumulated over 9 million plays on Spotify, as well as earning the praise and airtime of the likes of NPR Radio’s Bob Boilen and the BBC’s Steve Lamacq. She has just been named a 2019 BBC Introducing “One To Watch” by Radio 3’s Late Junction. She spent summer 2018 touring in support of the mercurially talented Jesca Hoop (as well as singing backing vocals in Jesca’s band), before embarking on her first ever UK headline tour in the Autumn.

With her strikingly beautiful voice and emotionally direct songwriting, Chloe looks set to have an exciting 2019, with a debut album in the pipeline, a headline spring tour and a string of major festival appearances, including Green Man, already confirmed.

Talking of the new single, she says, "Without You is a song about grief and the loss of someone close to depression. So it talks of the struggles of the person who passes away and then couples that with the exploration of grieving and how it changes from being the worst thing in the world one minute, to possibly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in the end, and how grief changes with the seasons. This was written a long time ago when I was very new to the grief and I’ve always played it live but never found the right setting for it on record. However, I recently re-imagined the arrangement and it’s taken on a new life."

FInd Chloe Foy online: Spotify | Facebook | Website | Twitter | Itunes

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Automatic sign to Stones Throw

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Single release: Out now
Label: Stones Throw
More info: Automatic’s Instagram

Post-Punk trio 'Automatic' sign to Stones Throw and Stream "Calling It",  the new single out now

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“Let’s call it off and start again.”

Automatic is Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals). The band first met while immersed in L.A.’s DIY music scene and started jamming together in 2017. Once they started playing out, word quickly spread about their explosive live shows. Over the past year they have become a mainstay on the L.A. club circuit.

‘Calling It’ is their first single on Stones Throw. Says Izzy Glaudini on the track, “Its lyrics capture the sensation of being adrift in a wide-open space, and the desire to rip it all up and start over.” 

Look out for more music from Automatic soon, and stay tuned for news of forthcoming tour dates. Automatic play at Froth's (Burger Records) album launch at the Lodge Room in Highland Park, L.A. on June 7th. Tickets are available here. During the month of August they will be headlining a month-long residency at the Echo in L.A. every Monday.

Stream ‘Calling It’ now via:
Bandcamp / YouTube Spotify / Apple Music

Find Automatic online:
Instagram / Spotify

Find Stones Throw Records online:
Website / Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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